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Sizzlin’ Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
January 8, 2017 in Appetizer · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Main Dish · 18 Comments

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce {grilled indoors}Grilled Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce {healthy weeknight dinner or appetizer}

The cold, harsh winters don’t deter Minnesotans from doing anything. They bike to work in parkas and snow tires. They drill holes in lakes, drop their bobbers, and fish for hours. And even when temperatures plunge to -10 degrees Fahrenheit, they’ll grill outdoors. I vividly remember my mom doing so at least once a week, dressed like an abominable snowman, only her eyes peaking through a face mask, tongs in hand, tending to our dinner.

I don’t have that in me.
Although it’s not exactly the same, I use a cast-iron grill pan (this one) when I’m craving something I typically put over the open flame during summer, like these Thai Chicken Skewers. Slippers on, glass of wine in hand — I’d say that’s a great substitute, without giving up blackened char marks or great flavor.

Similar to the marriage of brisket and barbecue, I feel like chicken and peanut sauce were destined for the same kind of love. In fact, peanut sauce has replaced ketchup as my condiment of choice, elevating just about anything whether dipped or drizzled. Sweet potato fries, golden beet noodles (recipe coming soon!), veggie burgers, you name it. I can’t get enough.

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce {gluten-free, grain-free}Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce {made using indoor grill pan}

This recipe works well on a weeknight, as it comes together in less than 45 minutes, or you could use shorter skewers and serve these as an appetizer that most everyone will love. The chicken is flavored throughout with an uncomplicated marinade, then showered with chili flakes, lime juice, and cilantro before serving. I paired this with Line 39’s Chardonnay (over the next week I’ll be sharing 3 more recipes to pair with their wines for winter parties or game-day eats). Instead of being heavily oaked, I found it to be well-balanced, and didn’t overpower the chicken. The little bit of residual sugar in the wine was super important for complimenting the spices of the dish, the smooth mouthfeel matching the creaminess of the sauce. And if you’re thinking, “I’m not  a chardonnay drinker.”, I think this pairing will be an exception.

Before I go, I also wanted to share a few tips on indoor grilling:

  • Foods that cook quickly over direct-heat, and those that aren’t too thick are best. Think steaks, chicken, burgers, and veggies. Things that need indirect grilling, like ribs, roasts, and thick cuts should be saved for outdoors.
  • Since you won’t be getting the same smoky flavor from charcoal or gas, you’ll need to replace that with something. Marinades are great, like I’ve done with these skewers, finish your dish with liquid smoke or a pinch of smoked salt.
  • Be sure that your pan is well-seasoned (greased), and even your food has a thin coat of oil.
  • Resist the urge to flip your food early. Letting it cook is what sears and releases it from the pan. In other words, it won’t stick.

Sizzlin' Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce {paired with chardonnay}

Thanks to Line 39 for partnering and sponsoring this recipe, with more to come. You can find their wines at Target and most wine shops!  I love how affordable the bottles are, modern design, and the food friendly varietals.

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce {made on indoor grill pan}
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Recipe type: gluten-free, dairy-free
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Serves: 4
 
I use this cast-iron grill pan (affiliate link), which heats evenly, and holds heat well.
Ingredients
for chicken:
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken cut into ¾ inch cubes
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • metal or wooden skewers
  • cilantro for serving
for peanut sauce:
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 6 tablespoons warm water
  • 1½ tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1½ teaspoons sesame oil
Instructions
  1. To make peanut sauce, whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl until completely smooth. (Mixture will seize up at first, but keep whisking, it will even out.) Set aside.
  2. Before making chicken, if you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning. To make chicken, toss chicken cubes with salt. Then mix together olive oil and tamari, and pour over top of chicken. Mix with hands to coat, and let sit for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Then thread chicken cubes, about 6-7, on each skewer. Turn grill (or indoor grill pan) to medium-high heat. Grill for 10-12 minutes, turning every 4 minutes so that all sides get a nice char. Test one piece of chicken to see if it is cooked all the way through. Then serve with peanut sauce drizzled and lightly brushed over the top. Sprinkle chicken with minced cilantro, and put extra peanut sauce on the side for dipping.

 

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18 thoughts on “Sizzlin’ Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

    1. amandapaa Post author

      wow – now that is perfect timing. and sounds like a super fun dinner party. they are perfect appetizers because you don’t need a plate or utensils! xo

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  1. Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng

    Whew. Saved. I was starting to feel guilty at your intro. I just won a grill pizza oven and haven’t been brave enough to try it. We have also converted to a grill pan (the less expensive Lodge, though I am a Le Creuset braiser addict) for the worst winter Wisconsin weather . Have usually done bigger pieces of meat–now this is on my list–great idea!

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      Oh, what an awesome win! And a grill pan – it took me a year to get into it, but I love it now. Makes the best grilled veggies too! Stay warm, midwest neighbor. :)

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  2. Valentina | The Baking Fairy

    I live in Texas, and we are straight-up WIMPY when it comes to the cold, but we really love our grills! Some people are hardcore enough to grill outdoors anyway, but I’m not so I take the same approach as you ;) I somehow have NEVER had peanut sauce so I’m looking forward to making these chicken skewers. They look so yummy!

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  3. Aysegul

    As a fan of Thai flavors, I can eat this chicken dish every day. I loved that you simplified it and made it so do-able on a weeknight.
    Bookmarking this for future.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Willow | Will Cook For Friends

    Uh, sign me up! I could eat peanut sauce every day, and this one is sounding mighty fine right now.

    And it’s funny to read this right now, because I am also completely anti-cold-weather, yet somehow I found myself GRILLING IN THE SNOW yesterday. What?! I don’t think I’ll be doing that again. Gotta get me one of those grill pans!

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  5. Kate

    Hi Amanda!

    Yummy Blog!

    It’s my first time to comment!, but I have been a reader of your blog. It’s nice to have some grilled pork together with friends and your recipe is perfect. I am also gonna try your sauce, just not into peanut, but hoping to find some alternative for that. Can you recommend some healthy alternative for peanut butter sauce?

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      Hi Kate! And thank you for being a reader. :) That means a lot to me. If you wanted to make the peanut sauce, without peanuts, I would suggest using almond butter instead. Enjoy!

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  6. Lisa

    Oh my gosh, I can’t even function outside if it is anywhere below 40 degrees!!! How do those people do it?? Thank you so much for the indoor grilling tips! I don’t own a grill and most likely won’t in the foreseeable future. I do have a grill pan that needs to be used more often. These skewers are beautiful!

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      I’ve gotten more use out of the grill pan than I thought I would! For some reason I was intimidated at first, but it isn’t difficult at all. I really love making grassfed burgers on it too!

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  7. todd wagner

    YESSSS!!! Thai chicken peanut skewers are the BOMB!! (Note to self: don’t read this post when you’re hungry, or you’ll end up cooking/eating 1 1/2 lbs of chicken by yourself)

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